Sammy (8850) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado SD. Lacy, hoppy with good malt backing. Dry but still above average brew.
bytemesis (3441) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Pours clear reddish amber with a small beige head and good lacing. Aroma is light with notes of caramel and grass. Flavor is the same, light on flavor overall. Light sweetness, very light bitternes. Light body, overall a boring beer.
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is brownish red with a nice head, bit thin. Aroma is nice earthy hops and caramel, spicy nobles. Taste is initially the nice hop presence followed by a really odd malt combo that ends up like plastic-y toast. Palate is nice and easy drinking. Not the star of the the show.
JohnnyJ (4496) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Clear red amber pour, off-white head. Caramel malt, grain, and citrusy hops. Fairly light, easy to drink, but boring. I am not a big fan.
Dogbrick (8516) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a deep brownish-amber color with a medium light tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing. Aroma of malt, molasses and a bit of citrus. Medium body with flavors of sweet caramel malt, citrus and hops. The finish is malty with a lingering sweetness. Decent brew overall.
MartinT (8030) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This balanced and cushy Red Ale aligns subtle caramel malts and wooden hops into a cohesive whole which is perfect to attract neophytes into the world of real (craft) beer.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the cloudy dark red.
-The caramel malt character nears chocolate.
-This mouthfeel is yet another wonder from Kern River which feels nourishing yet really easy to drink.
-The flavour profile may be tame, but this remains as competently crafted as any other Kern River brew I’ve had.
On tap at the brewpub.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours orange-amber with a tight head, lacy. Aroma-caramel, danky hops, malty. Taste-light roast malts, underlying hops, no sweetness. Somewhat underwhelming.
brokensail (11371) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a deep, dark, brown color with plenty of red notes. The head is minimal and some spots of lacing are left.
S: The smell is very rich and malty. A lot of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a mild roasted quality.
T: The taste follows the nose. Big sugar, toffee, and caramel, flavors. The roasted malt is not as noticeable here. The flavors are quite reminiscent of a barleywine.
M: Low carbonation, medium body, and quite smooth.
D: I generally like a hoppier red/amber ale, but this was actually quite good. I think the flavors were bold enough to make this beer something more than a sugary mess.
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deeep amber, nice frothy head. Smell was a approachable malty nose. Taste was a light amber malt, nothing standing out but a pleasant light amber lager. Overall a very palatable beer, but nothing that really stands out. This is quite drinkable but nothing that is going to make me search it out and find this to pound a few with my friends.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber with a sizable off-white head that recedes very slowly to a thin, creamy cap and a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet with caramel malts dominating with a slightly roasted character to it. There is also a slightly grassy hop aroma.
The taste is more earthy with some grassy hops and a light sweet caramel malt backbone. The finish is bitter with a combination of hops and toasted grains.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and borders on watery with the flavors seemingly muted.
This is a fair amber that’s pretty drinkable but doesn’t have much depth to it. Not bad.